accessory apartment

noun

US
: a rental unit that is located on the lot of or within a single-family owner-occupied home
In 1991, the town moved away from an almost exclusive reliance on single-family homes and passed a law that began a process of legalizing some of Huntington's thousands of illegal accessory apartments. Newsday, 14 Sept. 2010

Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of accessory apartment was in 1973

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“Accessory apartment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accessory%20apartment. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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